Type of service:
Local Government Department
The Autism Outreach team is part of the SEND Specialist Support Services. This provides a needs based service for children with Special Education Needs and/or Autism aged 0-19. There is no longer a need for a formal diagnosis.
The Specialist Support Service offers four Northamptonshire localities and each locality has a team specialising in support at different ages, Early Years, Primary and Secondary.
Autism Outreach team aims:
To work within educational settings empowering staff to introduce, understand and continue with strategies and interventions to enable young people on the autistic spectrum to access learning and progress to their full potential.
To work with families and carers to enable them to introduce structure and consistency into the home and community and to enable a greater understanding of their child’s behaviour.
The Autism Outreach team attend parent run forums in the county offering consultation appointments at FACT, ACE and Special Friends each month and run parent workshops (Spectrum and Reflections). See the website for more details.
When a referral for more specific support is made (be it direct from parents/carers or via school) the evidence that the child is showing areas of specific need at home and/or school will be needed. These referrals are assessed by a panel of staff who meet each fortnight to ensure the appropriate support is offered to the child or young person. This could be visits, consultations, support or advice.
Further support, which may include visits and observations in both home and school environments, will have to be subject to certain eligibility criteria. Information about the criteria and how to refer are on the website.
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- View Website For Further Information
- Online Referral Form
- Professional Referral
- Referral By Parent / Carer
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